It's a bunch of short (2-7 minutes) anecdotes in chronological order. Overall the book is superficial and indulgent with all the celebrity stories. It wasn't drudgery, but it wasn't engrossing and rewarding either.
Avid listener on my daily commute!
She's my friend
Carol, of course....but also her grandmother, her daughter Carrie, the little girl who peeked under the bathroom stall, the teenaged Vickie Lawrence, Jake the free school headmaster, Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Harvey Korman (even the day he misbehaved on the set so badly that Carol had to fire him), Marlon Brando (the day he called to ask Carol where she got her chin), the priest who asked for a hug onstage, and all the other mixed nuts enlivening this wonderful can of party mix.
The scene in which Carol is grabbed on a dark and empty New York City street, but scares off her would-be assailant using her greatest assets: her big mouth and her voice! I won't ever forget that story. I also loved Carol's assertion of "He's my friend" re: Jimmy Stewart, when she was just a little girl and had seen him on the big screen while on an outing to the cinema with her grandmother.
She's your favorite funny aunt, your sister, your mom, and your favorite babysitter all rolled into one!
I grew up with Carol Burnett; my parents were latter-day hipster swingers who left us alone every weekend evening so they could go out cavorting with other couples. As the oldest, I was in charge of the television in my parents' room as well as my brother....so Carol Burnett kept me company as my little brother slept on my parents' bed every Saturday night from 10 to 11. And she and her madcap castmates DID come to feel like friends! It was so interesting to hear the stories behind the scenes. VERY worthy use of a credit! Don't miss this one!
Fairly light biography with lots of stories that Burnett's fans will enjoy. I like her work but thought the book was a little dated with too many references to how great the original show and cast were....after a while, it just gets boring.
mom of 2 in az
If it weren't the fact that it was Carol Burnett, I would have given the book less stars. I am genuinely interested in her life, but would have enjoyed a biography more than an autobiography.
The stories were short, sometimes too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed more continuity. Some of the stories seemed out of place and disjointed. Perhaps some could have been blended for lengthier vignettes.
I love Carol Burnett. She is the queen of physical musical comedy. She has no equal. However, her age has left her speech less than clear in places. The reading was too lengthy for her voice and left her sounding quaky in some places and slurred in others. This isn't the audio memory of her that I'm inclined to keep, so I'll go find some old clips to watch to erase the "fading star" impression this book left me with.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett. I first saw her back on the Garry Moore Show in the '60's. My friends and I would imitate her and the other characters on the show, and laugh our heads off. I am still laughing my head off at Carol Burnett. It was rewarding to hear her reveal things about her life that had to be painful, or embarrassing, or personal. She has always been like that, though, willing to put it all out there. "Love me or don't love me, but what you see is what you get." Well, Carol, we love you. Thank you for sharing yourself with America for so many years. Thank you for making us laugh and helping us forget our own troubles, if even for a few minutes. You are a part of us. This country is better off for having had you in it.
The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes
Did you ever think you would have the opportunity to have Carol Burnett visit you in your own living room and talk to you personally about all of her wonderful experiences? This audible book is just the ticket for you to make that dream come true! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! You will laugh and you will cry. I've been a lifelong admirer of Carol and this audible book presented a welcomed opportunity for me to have her "come visit" and you can do the same! This is the cherry on top of the cake...you will be so glad that you had this time together with her...so please enjoy! I know you will!
Thank you, Carol. Your stories made me feel. This year my purpose is to laugh hard and genuinely feel deeply. Your beautiful book is the first of my connections to my vision for the year. It was a perfectly wonderful beginning! I'm so excited about my journey! All of our journeys. Your story about the young girl dying of cancer, and your connection to each other, gave my heart a renewed faith in our oneness. I loved every chapter, story and personal encounter and the best was hearing your glorious voice reliving it all. Thank you!
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.
I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.
I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.
I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.
I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.
This book is so enjoyable, just like being with her. I like the way she describes all of her cast and friends. This is very much a re-reader!